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Situational Analysis | June 13, 2023

It's Tuesday and National Weed Your Garden Day. Too bad it's not a one-and-done. 🤣

What You Need to Know

  • Another 5 Republicans have jumped in the race to replace Rep. Chris Stewart: Jordan Hess, GOP state party vice-chair, Celeste Maloy, Scott Reber, Bill Hoster and Henry Christian Eyring, making 11 Republican candidates so far. Also filing today was Kathleen Riebe, Democrat and Bradley Garth Green, Libertarian Party. 

Rapid Roundup

On the Hill Today


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Utah Headlines

Political news

  • Utah lawmaker: Removing Bible from Davis District’s elementary, junior high libraries ‘embarrassing for the state’ (Deseret News)
  • Pros and cons of the ’15-minute city’ (KSL Newsradio)
  • After debt ceiling fight, Sen. Mike Lee maintains high approval rating among Utah Republicans. A new poll also shows Lee struggles with moderates and young voters (Deseret News)
  • Midvale may raise property taxes to fund a new rec center — if voters sign off and ZAP helps (Salt Lake Tribune)

Election news

  • Too few poll workers? Salt Lake County calls for volunteers (KSL Newsradio)
  • Hooper mayoral hopefuls, other city council candidates come into focus (Standard-Examiner)

General Utah news

  • ‘It’s a crisis averted': Utahns turn firearms into garden tools to fight gun violence (KSL)
  • Utah scientists fly out to Mali, Africa as the first to help villagers fight malaria (KSL TV)
  • Utah offers farmers and ranchers $2k vouchers to help their mental health (KUTV)
  • Judge denies Kouri Richins' bail request due to severity of charges, potential penalties (KUTV)
  • VIDEO: Tooele officers rescue 12-year-old girl in submerged car (ABC4)
  • UDOT moving forward with process to turn Bangerter Highway into freeway (Fox13)
  • Utah delegation meets with Ukrainian president (Fox13)


  • Retirement investing tips for the anxious investor (Deseret News)
  • First it was quiet quitting, now workers are facing off with their bosses (Wall Street Journal)
  • Professional growth is no longer about climbing the ladder (Washington Post)


  • Holly Richardson: What I learned about boredom from my 8-year-old. Embracing ‘dolce far niente,’ or the ‘sweetness of doing nothing’ can help children develop creativity (Deseret News)
  • Utah celebrates Refugee Week early with naturalization ceremony and weekend celebration (KSL Newsradio)
  • As Utah urbanizes, fruit fests celebrate heritage rather than what’s grown here. Pleasant Grove's Strawberry Days is 102 years old, but now the strawberries come from California (KUER)
  • ‘Seeing new life’: Utah nonprofit helps seniors grow backyard gardens — and make friends (Salt Lake Tribune)


  • A Navajo student was told she couldn’t wear her beaded cap at graduation — violating the new Utah law on regalia (Salt Lake Tribune)
  • Best of class: Here are the six schools that won the Deseret News 2022-23 All-Sports awards (Deseret News)
  • Utah lawmakers, Alpine District go back and forth over process of exploring school closures (KSL)
  • Southern Utah University freshman wins 'Wheel of Fortune' (KSL)
  • Utah teacher shares publishing success with students after a decade of rejection (Fox13)
  • Christa McAullife Space Center in Pleasant Grove receives $250k grant from Meta (Daily Herald)
  • ‘Let’s not surrender our schools’: A proposed equity and inclusion policy is dividing Park City. After months of debate, the Park City school board expects to adopt a DEI policy later this month. (Salt Lake Tribune)


  • Water year leaves slightly fewer Utahns worried about Great Salt Lake (Deseret News)
  • Opinion: The dangers of a Uinta Basin Railway (Deseret News)
  • Kirk Nichols: Utahns can — and must — help the federal government improve public land management (Salt Lake Tribune)
  • Ahead of new Colorado River talks, governments and tribes weigh in on the future (KUER)
  • Growing Water Smart workshop encourages collaboration on water conservation (UPR)
  • Utah wildfire season to arrive later this year — and could be more intense (Salt Lake Tribune)


  • Noise levels can increase heart health risks, new study finds (Deseret News)
  • Millions at risk of losing Medicaid coverage as pandemic provisions scale back (KUTV)


  • As multigenerational housing grows, it might give Utah a way to combat homelessness (KUER)

National Headlines


  • Fred Ryan to leave Washington Post after nine years as publisher. Ryan, who oversaw the company’s rapid growth in the years after its purchase by Jeff Bezos, will lead a new center at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation (Washington Post)
  • Fox News sends Tucker Carlson cease-and-desist over his Twitter show (Fox13)
  • Microsoft’s media literacy program aims to empower internet users and combat online misinformation (AP)
  • UN chief calls for coordinated global action on disinformation, hate and artificial intelligence (AP)
  • Cases of check fraud escalate dramatically, with Americans warned not to mail checks if possible (AP)


  • North Carolina Republicans seek to strip Democrat governor of elections board control (AP)
  • McCarthy, US House hardliners reach deal to allow votes (Reuters)
  • Bolton, Trump's ex-national security adviser, calls for him to withdraw from the race (NPR)
  • Trump needs white suburban women. His indictment split them (Wall Street Journal)
  • Trump arrives in Florida to face charges, maintains lead in poll (Reuters)
  • Trump will face judge in historic court appearance over charges he hoarded secret documents (AP)
  • Trump scrambles to find lawyer on eve of first federal court appearance as multiple Florida lawyers decline to take Trump’s case, people familiar with the matter say (Washington Post)
  • In earlier Espionage Act cases, warning signs for Trump (New York Times)
  • Why Supreme Court voting rights decision shocked legal, political worlds (Washington Post)

Ukraine 🇺🇦

  • Ukraine claims recapture of seven villages in early stages of counteroffensive (AP)
  • Russian missile attack on Ukraine kills at least 11 in Zelenskyy’s hometown (AP)
  • US set to approve depleted-uranium tank rounds for Ukraine (Wall Street Journal)
  • Criticizing army is a crime in Russia — but not for mercenary boss Prigozhin (Washington Post)


  • How torture, deception and inaction underpin UAE's thriving sex trafficking industry (Reuters)
  • 30,000 Haitian kids live in private orphanages. Officials want to shutter them and reunite families. (AP)

News Releases

Stabilizing economy brings growth challenges back to forefront

The Salt Lake Chamber, in partnership with the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute at the University of Utah, has updated the May Economic Dashboard to support business leaders in understanding impacts on Utah’s economy. This tool prioritizes key data on the state’s economic outlook and actionable context for decision-makers.

“Inflation remains higher than desired and continues to influence consumers’ buying decisions and ripples throughout the economy,” said Derek Miller, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber. “After the debt ceiling compromise, markets have reacted positively with optimism that the economy is strengthening. As we enter a stabilization phase, we must continue to tackle challenges associated with growth, such as housing and transportation. Utah is one of the strongest economies in the country, and we plan to keep it that way.” (Read More)

Rep. Clancy to host city council candidate forum for Provo residents

Utah Representative Tyler Clancy will be hosting a forum for city council candidates on Thursday, June 29th, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. This event aims to provide a platform for the community to engage with the candidates and gain valuable insights into their vision and goals for the city’s future. (Read More)


Number of the Day

Number of the Day, June 13, 2023


Tweet of the Day

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  • Interim Days — June 13-14, Utah State Capitol,
  • Bellwether International Symposium on Bridging the Religious Divide with the Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy — June 16, 9:00 am-3:30 pm, Little America, Register here
  • Municipal election filing period for cities using ranked choice voting — August 8-15
  • Municipal/Special election primary — Sept 5
  • General election — Nov 21

On This Day In History

  • 1774 - Rhode Island becomes first colony to prohibit the importation of slaves
  • 1777 - 19 year-old Marquis de Lafayette lands in the American colonies to fight alongside George Washington
  • 1807 - Thomas Jefferson is subpoenaed in Aaron Burr’s treason trial
  • 1888 - US Congress creates the Department of Labor
  • 1920 - The US Post Office says children can no longer be sent via parcel post
  • 1966 - Supreme court establishes Miranda rights in Miranda v. Arizona
  • 1967 - Thurgood Marshall, the first Black Justice, is appointed to the US Supreme Court
  • 1971 - The New York Times begins publishing the Pentagon Papers
  • 1994 - A jury in Anchorage, Alaska, blames recklessness by Exxon and Captain Joseph Hazelwood for the Exxon Valdez disaster,

Quote of the Day

"I just wake up every morning, pray for the patience of Job and find a solution."

—Speaker Kevin McCarthy, when asked how he would be able to keep the House on an even keel

On the Punny Side

This morning I saw my neighbor talking to her cat; it was obvious the poor women thought the cat understood her.

When I got home I told my dog...we laughed a lot.


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